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Geoffrey Peart

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Casual antisemitism

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-09-11

Maybe I’m being hyper sensitive, but casual mention of the Jews controlling the money was one of the lies jilted used to perpetrate the Holocaust. It was a useless non-sequitur and threw me off the book completely.

Erudite, Devilishly, Good Bodice Ripper

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-07-21

I was entranced by this book, and by Julia Whelan’s performance.

When trying to be reductionist, aka TL;DR this book an amazing period and contemporary love story, with basically time traveller complications and, with, at times, the energy of a sexually charged Victorian bodice ripper.

Looking at it a little more thoroughly, and with as few spoilers as possible, the book follows the life of Addie LaRue, who after making a Faustian bargain gains immortality at a unique cost. The narrative follows Addie through two narratives, a contemporary one set in New York’s more Artie side, and then the more flowing journey from Addie’s small 18th Century French village.

We meet historical and figures, and we also just come face to face with some historical realities. Our antagonist is the devil, or as close to as to be indistinguishable (it isn’t really made clear) and he is as delightfully complicated as Addie, making his fixture in her life through the centuries a great way to see the character dynamics and growth.

Beyond the story, what makes the book work for me, is the poetic nature of the prose, I’m not a consumer of a lot of poetry, so my comparison might be flawed, but the language, the point of view, the flow, all felt like a work of art unto itself, like a beautiful cage with which to capture a story. It also lends itself so well to being read, because the performance feels very personal, like you are hearing Addie, not Julia Whelan read her life story.

So while the story weaves and unfolds magnificently, the story, at its heart portrays the wants and needs that we all have as people. The need to be remembered, to leave a mark, to grow, change, change the world that we live in, to love, and be loved.

What more can I say, the book moved me, and I know it will cycle back in my rereads in a few months to soak in the details i missed the first time through, but I can’t praise this book enough, and I hope this review makes at least one person go from Maybe to Yes.

A group of social paths make random choices and it all works out anyway

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-06-14

I found myself constantly just frustrated by the any of the characters self development or character arcs. Everyone just keeps falling back into ridiculous patterns and ultimately half the plot revolves around a mistaken assumption and fake cannibalism.

I’m also left wondering exactly who the audience for this book is, the book seems well placed to act as a dark mirror of modern day misogyny but between borderline exposition on the subject largely does damsel in distress like plotting, and solves teen male angst by locking them all in a MMORPG where they can act out their fantasies, because that is going to solve the problem.

I feel like I have to wash my ears of the sliminess of the characters, except the body guard I kind like his endearing character.
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Fun story, kind of unlikeable protagonist

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2021-02-24

So it is a fun sci-fi adventure, set in a contemporary world, and a good follow on to the first novel. But where I keep finding myself frustrated is the protagonist is selfish, keeps getting called on being selfish, and just continues to be so. Considering it is her narrative she could be more self reflective or acknowledge some of the accusations but it always just comes out whiny. (Think Harry Potter in the fifth novel when he just complains for half the book.)

I know that sounds super critical, and by in large the story, writing, and characters are good. But some chapters just left me waiting for them to be over when the protagonist got extra “poor me”.

Like the first time all over again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-08-04

I have been planning on going back and reconnecting with Sandman, it has been a few years since the prologue wrapped up, and I wanted to revisit the whole.

When of course this audio book dropped, so here I am with a gem of a collaboration between Gaiman and Dirk Mags...

So here is what I did, I pulled out my graphic novels, got myself a nice cool evening out on the deck with the book and the audio book. As I focus on the visuals, and the emotional details in the original art, I hear the wonderful performance of the drama, and I’m so pleased with how closely it works from the source material, and more over beings it to life.

I really have never enjoyed the book at this level before, the story telling in the artistry is perfectly goes with the audio that you feel emerged in the book all over again like it was the first time.

Best audiobook I wasn’t expecting (because I must have my head in the sand) of 2020 (and let’s face it seizing any thing good in 2020 is extra sweet.

Fun and light hearted Gamer Teasing

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-07-04

Drew Hayes take on the classic table top RPG’r and how the lives of the NPCs who have to live with them is fun and an original twist on 4th wall breaking RPG stories. With a lot of gentle fun poking at gamers and a tip of the hat to the original henchman Nodwick. Clearly written by someone who loves games and gamers.

Roger Wayne’s performance is excellent.

A fraction of a fraction of a story

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2017-11-17

Highly recommend by a trusted friend, I found myself struggling with the narrative promise of the mysterious future character and the delivery on that promise of the character half completed apprenticeship.

We are constantly foreshadowed a epic climax, but are left with an ODing fire-breathing uber cow, and a temper tantrum at a school yard bully.

The protagonist is constantly the victim of deus ex which provides a defeat at the heels of every victory, and confused as to his motivations.

Finally the big bad evil lurking in the background seems to motivated by the petty objective that it doesn’t like to be talked about.

Strangely the story telling and use of language is excellently executed, but the tale told is hollow.